In today’s article, we look at some of the players who didn’t quite make it in the Premier League but are setting the league alight here in Germany! Enjoy your read!
Once played as a winger for Chelsea and scored 36 goals in 156 appearances for the London based side. He then moved to Lille in France for a couple of years before moving to Hertha Berlin in 2014. It’s safe to say that Salomon Kalou has had the desired effect on his transfer to the capital. He’s managed to take them from consistently being a bottom half side to qualifying for the Europa League competition in the last 2 years and that’s a record that Hertha Berlin will want to keep up. At the age of 31, Kalou is entering the final year of a career that has seen him win a number of elite trophies but is yet to win anything with Hertha Berlin but has definitely helped to take them to the next level as they close on European qualification for the second year running.
The billy goats main man has been on fire this season, with 25 goals this season, Anthony Modeste has been racking a goal every 116 minutes in the Bundesliga making him the 3rd most deadly striker in the Bundesliga this season, along the way there have been some stand out performances such as hat tricks in both home victories to Hertha Berlin (4-2) and Hamburger SV (3-0) which has helped Köln to be well in the race for the Europa league for next season. It’s so strange to think that once upon a time this man was deemed a failure having failed to score in 8 appearances in a loan at Blackburn Rovers during the season that they were relegated from the premier league.
Despite interest coming from the Chinese Super League in January and a fee believed to be around €40 million euros for the Frenchman, it wasn’t enough for him to leave as Köln believed that he would be vital as they were in the run in for Europa League and it could be Modeste’s goals that swing it in favour of Köln.
Not many people know that Peter Gulacsi was once on the books at Liverpool, the Hungarian has been a huge part of RB Leipzig’s debut season in the Bundesliga. Gulacsi is still only 27 and is not far from the peak of his career, could be we be looking at a case of the one that got away?
As the Hungarian shot stopper looks forward to next season with RB Leipzig playing in the champions league and with Liverpool looking likely to claim a champions league spot in the Premier League we may just see a reunion between Gulacsi and Liverpool sometime next season.
Peter Gulacsi has established himself as Leipzig’s trusty number 1 and has rarely made any mistakes in a very successful season for the East German side and Ralph Husenhüttl will be very happy with his trusty goalkeeper and maybe even see some transfer activity for the keeper as we head into the summer transfer as there is no doubt he already has bags of ability.
The former Leicester man who originally made his transfer from Rijeka to Leicester for then a club record £9 million after he scored 37 goals in just 42 games and started to pick up fanfare from all across Europe but he failed to make an impact at Leicester after only scoring 2 goals in just 15 games for the Foxes across 1 and a half years.
Kramarić then made his move to Hoffenheim on loan in January 2016 where he instantly became a starting member of the squad and made his debut against Bayern Munich and scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Werder Bremen 2 games later, which would kickstart his career at Hoffenheim.
Kramaric has managed to find his feet early in his career at Hoffenheim which is something that he didn’t really do during his time at Leicester which could be a big factor as to why his stint at Leicester failed. But over the course of 2016/17 season, he has managed to score 15 goals and helped to take Hoffenheim to the dizzy heights of the Champions League which is something that they’ve never qualified for before.
As well as racking up 8 assists which really shows the creative ability of the young Croatian being able to supply chances as well as convert them himself.
The ex Arsenal man who once went out on loan to West Bromwich Albion and played 1 game all season in 2015/16 and only played 10 games in 4 years at the North London club scoring 2 goals in the process.
Serge Gnabry decided it was time to move away from the North London club in search of first team action and Werder Bremen managed to seal the deal at a steal of a price at 4.5 million pounds as Serge Gnabry has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season scoring 11 goals and taking 1 assist in the process as he helped Werder Bremen complete their unbelievable rise from 16th position to 8th in just a few months.
His ability to play in a number of different positions at such a high level has been commendable for the young German which gives a helping hand to manager Alexander Nouri’s selection choices as Gnabry focuses on getting his career back on track after stalling in the last couple of years at Arsenal. But even during this time at Arsenal he still showed his natural ability to dribble precisely and cut inside well in order to cause defences problems and it’s fair to say his move to Werder Bremen has been an unbelievable success showing that he is more than just an expendable squad member at Arsenal who has missed out on champions league football.